Frugal Tuesday Tip: Homemade jelly time

I spent some time last weekend making jelly. My kids love the clean mouthfeel of homemade jelly. I accredit the white sugar; corn syrup in store jelly is so…..clingy feeling. It’s not the opposite of clean, it’s not dirty, just annoyingly clingy. Like you have to brush your tongue when you finish.

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Sara with Learning the Frugal Life makes some grape jelly

Tips I learned this weekend to make home canning go smoothly:

  • have friends over to join you
  • fill and start heating the water baths a couple hours before you need them
  • use one canner to keep the jars hot; use the other for processing
  • juicing in a crock pot works great
  • I don’t own a potato masher!
Some other shots of the day —
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Rita makes jam for the first time ever!

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Rita stemmed the grapes that Sara brought. I used my empty canner and drawers to get the juice.

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One Response to Frugal Tuesday Tip: Homemade jelly time

  1. I agree about the store bought jelly being clingy! Though I’ve never tried homemade…I’ll have to get on it.

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